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CPJ seeks meeting to preserve free press

CPJ writes to U.S. Vice-President-elect Mike Pence to request a meeting with the incoming administration to discuss recommendations for preserving First Amendment values in the United States and press freedom around the world, and to discuss the deteriorating climate for journalism in the United States during the presidential elections and since. CPJ flags its concerns regarding President-elect Donald Trump's contributions to a threatening climate for journalists during the campaign.

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Blog   |   USA

Security risk for sources as U.S. border agents stop and search journalists

Travelers wait for a security check at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in November. Journalists traveling to the U.S. can face searches that can risk the confidentiality of their sources. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

French-American photojournalist Kim Badawi did not go home to Texas for Thanksgiving this year. He didn't want to risk a repeat of November last year, when he says U.S. border security detained him at Miami airport and interrogated him in minute detail about his private life, political views, and journalistic sources.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Cartel plots to shoot at offices of Mexico's Zeta magazine

Adela Navarro Bello, the director of Zeta, at the magazine's headquarters in 2011. Police are stationed at Zeta's office after a cartel plot to attack the magazine was discovered. (AFP/Ruben Victorio)

November 30, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists urged authorities today to ensure the safety of journalists working at the Tijuana-based weekly Zeta. The Mexican magazine is currently under police protection after authorities learned of a plot by a cartel to attack the office.

Alerts   |   Panama

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein jailed in Panama for criminal defamation

Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein is detained in Panama over a criminal defamation case. (Kimberlyn David)

New York, November 29, 2016--Authorities in Panama should immediately release Dutch journalist Okke Ornstein, who has been detained since November 15, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ornstein, a Panama-based journalist who runs the news website Bananama Republic, was arrested in relation to a 2012 criminal defamation conviction when he arrived at Panama City international airport, according to his lawyer, Manuel Succari.

Impact   |   Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Turkey

CPJ Highlights: December edition

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Please include CPJ in your plans for #GivingTuesday. For more on how CPJ upholds press freedom around the world, visit our website at cpj.org.

November 29, 2016 3:45 PM ET

Letters   |   USA

CPJ writes to Pence, seeks meeting with Trump Administration

CPJ writes to Vice-President-elect Mike Pence to seek a meeting to discuss our concerns and recommendations for guaranteeing First Amendment values under the Trump Administration.

Alerts   |   Ecuador

Judge orders journalist's arrest for publishing confidential documents

New York, November 15, 2016--An Ecuadoran judge last night approved an arrest warrant for journalist Fernando Villavicencio on charges of distributing emails sent by public officials, according to the journalist's lawyer. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities to revoke the warrant.

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Journalist attacked at U.S. protest

New York, November 11, 2016--Four masked men attacked freelance photojournalist Kyle Ludowitz yesterday as he photographed protesters looting and vandalizing businesses in the U.S. city of Oakland, California, the journalist told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Ludowitz was treated for a broken cheekbone following the incident, he said.

Impact   |   Pakistan, Turkey, USA

CPJ Highlights: November edition

Note to our readers: CPJ plans to intensify our documentation of press freedom violations in the United States, following the election on November 8, 2016, of Donald Trump as president. During his campaign, Trump verbally attacked journalists, restricted access, threatened lawsuits, and promised to make legal action against the media easier under his administration.

We will have more details in next month's edition.

November 11, 2016 11:56 AM ET

Case   |   Brazil

Brazilian journalist convicted of criminal defamation for environmental reporting

A Salvador court sentenced Brazilian journalist Aguirre Talento to six months and six days in jail for criminal defamation on October 31, 2016, reduced to community service and a fine, according to the journalist and his lawyer. The case was the second of three separate defamation cases filed the same day over a 2010 story written by Talento and published in the newspaper, A Tarde, in the northeastern state of Bahia, according to reports.

Alerts   |   Mexico

Proposed changes to Mexico's right to reply would increase burden on media

Mexico City, November 4, 2016­--The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today over proposed changes to Mexico's media regulations that could force the press to publish or broadcast more replies to news stories. The changes are due to be voted on by the country's Supreme Court November 7.

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